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J Cancer Educ. 2010 Dec;25(4):582-7. doi: 10.1007/s13187-010-0111-0. Epub 2010 Apr 20.

A value-based approach to increase breast cancer screening and health-directed behaviors among American Indian women.

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Davis School of Medicine, University of California, UC Davis Cancer Center, 4501 X Street, Ste. 3016, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA. marlene.vonfriederichs-fitzwater@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Abstract

American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women have the lowest cancer-screening rate of any ethnic or racial group; AI/AN women in all regions are less likely than non-Hispanic white women to be diagnosed with localized breast cancer; and those AI/AN women presenting with breast cancer have the lowest 5-year survival rate compared to other ethnic groups. This study found that cultural beliefs are more of a factor in mammography screening behavior than other barriers such as access; and that a more holistic educational intervention designed by AI/AN women prompted individual intent and actions to seek mammograms among AI/AN women >40 and to change unhealthy eating and sedentary lifestyles.

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20405355
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PMC2992132
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10.1007/s13187-010-0111-0
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